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  • Army one step closer to replacement of ACU pattern

    Jan 13, 2012

    The Army is now one step closer to selecting a new set of camouflage patterns that could replace what Soldiers are wearing now in most places.

  • Migration to joint enterprise email pauses

    Jan 13, 2012

    The Army has suspended its migration to Joint Enterprise Email to comply with provisions in the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law Dec. 31.

  • Army hosts network modernization Industry Day

    Jan 12, 2012

    Army officials hosted more than 275 industry representatives at new integration facilities at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., this week, stressing the service's commitment to its new "agile" approach to modernizing the tactical communications network.

  • Army helps bring virtual health care to Albanian hospitals

    Jan 11, 2012

    Telemedicine is connecting even the most remote regions of Albania to the global medical community, with the help of U.S. Army Europe, the Corps of Engineers and USAID.

  • Prior-service contractors help save Soldier's life

    Jan 9, 2012

    Two prior-service contractors in Afghanistan helped save the life of a Soldier struck by a sniper.

  • Vision center of excellence promotes eye-injury research, care

    Jan 9, 2012

    Next month will mark a major milestone in advancing care for wounded warriors suffering debilitating eye injuries with a ribbon-cutting at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

  • Army Research Laboratory scientist's past inspires STEM workshop for women

    Jan 9, 2012

    Melanie Will-Cole served as an example for would-be scientists during the Young Women in Science and Engineering College and Career Workshop at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

  • 1st ID Combat Aviation Brigade to welcome new unit, new capability

    Jan 9, 2012

    The Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division is planning on adding a new combat strength to their capabilities in March with the addition of an unmanned aerial system company.

  • Army acquires recoilless, shoulder-fired weapon

    Jan 6, 2012

    The U.S. Army Soldiers in Afghanistan are now firing an 84mm, reusable, recoilless shoulder-fired conventional munition able to destroy enemy targets hidden behind rocks, trees and buildings, service officials said.

  • Army network integration facilities simulate battlefield environment

    Jan 6, 2012

    Armed with the ability to recreate a battlefield network environment in its multiple integrated testing facilities here, the Army is providing advanced technologies to the field faster and with greater efficiency.

  • Army unveils latest STEM recruiting tool

    Jan 6, 2012

    The Army launched its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Asset Vehicle with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Army Strong Zone as a prelude to Army All-American Bowl in the Alamodome Jan. 7, 2012.

  • Natick plays major role in face transplants

    Jan 5, 2012

    Three full facial transplants have been accomplished with funding from an Army contract and officials at the Natick Soldier Systems Center hope the technology can be used on wounded warriors.

  • Army organization supports DOD flight tests, modifications

    Jan 5, 2012

    The CERDEC Flight Activity is at the heart of testing systems that go into aircraft such as various infrared counter measures, signals intelligence sensor systems and radar systems as well as handling post-production modifications like fast rope systems, adapted seats and paint jobs.

  • Personnel scanners provide added level of security in Afghanistan

    Jan 2, 2012

    A personnel scanner was put into operation at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 31, 2011, to scan Afghan civilians requiring access to a coalition run hospital.

  • Developing capabilities for a 21st-century Army

    Jan 1, 2012

    For three weeks in November approximately 3,800 Soldiers and 1,000 vehicles of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, traveled into the New Mexico wilderness, to test and evaluate dozens of computerized, digital systems that could give the Army a future tactical edge, during an exercise called the Network Integration Evaluation 12.1.

  • Remote-controlled lifesavers

    Jan 1, 2012

    When Ernest Fessenden sent his brother Staff Sgt. Chris Fessenden a remote-controlled truck in Afghanistan, he hoped that the truck would help keep his brother safe. It did that and more.

  • Pilots train on new AH-64D Apache helicopter

    Dec 30, 2011

    The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, is the first unit in the Army to have their entire fleet of Apache helicopters replaced with the comprehensively upgraded Apache (AH-64D) Block III beginning in February.

  • European garrisons protecting Army communities with virtual training

    Dec 29, 2011

    The United States Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany, teamed-up with the Joint Multinational Training Command's Simulation Center to host the garrison's annual force protection exercise.

  • Afghan National Police students experience biometrics system

    Dec 28, 2011

    New students entering the Afghan National Police Noncommissioned Officer Course at Bamyan Regional Training Center, Afghanistan, experienced the biometrics record system firsthand, Dec. 12-13, 2011.

  • Big cost savings comes in tiny package

    Dec 27, 2011

    A small fingerprinting device allows recruiters to quickly gather background information on applicants while saving the Army money.

  • 'Black Knights' produce mission critical systems

    Dec 27, 2011

    The Search and Recovery section of Company B, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, mass produces Culvert Intrusion Denial Systems, a defense against improvised explosive devices, at Forward Operating Base Walton, Afghanistan.

  • Army to deploy vertical take-off UAS

    Dec 22, 2011

    The U.S. Army is using a hybrid-type acquisition approach to develop a helicopter-like, Vertical-Take-Off-and-Landing Unmanned Aerial System with a so-called ARGUS wide-area surveillance sensor suite designed to beam back information and images of the surrounding terrain, service officials said.

  • C4ISR hosts briefing for industry, small business conference

    Dec 21, 2011

    Army leaders at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., hosted an advance planning briefing for industry and small business conference to inform industry and business leaders of new opportunities to demonstrate their technologies for potential military use.

  • Army aiming for vehicle-based Common Operating Environment

    Dec 19, 2011

    On the dynamic and complex battlefield, the Common Operating Environment will streamline communications between Soldiers in vehicles and higher headquarters, creating seamless interoperability between the computers, sensors and applications they use.

  • New system delivers water, fuel to Soldiers

    Dec 19, 2011

    The CUBE system promises a more reliable, cost-effective way to sling load vital liquids to the field.

  • Army finalizes STEM vehicle for recruiting trail

    Dec 19, 2011

    The Army will unveil the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Asset Vehicle during All-American Bowl Week in San Antonio, Jan. 6, 2012.

  • Net Zero Waste workgroups hold kick-off focus session

    Dec 19, 2011

    Work continues to move forward on the Net Zero Waste program at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Bagram's digital detectives dig in

    Dec 19, 2011

    There is another war in Afghanistan. A war that has no armor or aircraft yet expands well beyond the boundaries of every nation known to man, the vast landscape of the digital realm.

  • CIO aims to consolidate, close 185 data centers by FY14

    Dec 16, 2011

    Before more than 500 information technology business representatives, the Army's chief information officer said Wednesday the service plans to consolidate data centers and close at least 185 by fiscal year 2014.

  • 1000 laser detecting sets ensure aircrew safety

    Dec 14, 2011

    In a Connecticut industrial plant, far away from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army accepted the delivery of the 1,000 AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Set, Dec. 7, 2011, which happened to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • Army sees technology as future training component

    Dec 13, 2011

    As the Army moves into the future, it will continue to concentrate on both humanitarian assistance and building international partnerships, Unified Quest participants said. But the service will also, in an era of downsizing and constrained resources, still need to be trained and ready for conflict or war.

  • Pentagon developing next-generation helicopter equipment

    Dec 13, 2011

    The Army-led effort to design a next-generation vertical-lift aircraft that is faster, more capable and better equipped is heavily focused on leveraging advanced electronic and avionics capabilities, service officials explained.

  • Army Cyber hosts Brazilian delegation

    Dec 12, 2011

    Members of the U.S. Army Cyber Command and Office of the Secretary of Defense hosted officials from Ministry of Defence of Brazil Dec. 5-7, 2011, in Virginia, symbolizing the second official visit from a foreign country since the command stood up over a year ago.

  • Mine rollers designed to blow up, save lives

    Dec 12, 2011

    Albert Bacon helps coalition forces in Afghanistan install mine rollers on the front of tactical vehicles. He has traveled across the country providing support to Soldiers and assisting with mine rollers installations.

  • Army activates first-of-its-kind Cyber Brigade

    Dec 9, 2011

    The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command activated the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade to support U.S. and Army Cyber Commands with their missions to provide a proactive cyber defense, Dec. 1, 2011, at Fort Meade, Md.

  • Pentagon, Army developing future, next-generation helicopter fleet

    Dec 9, 2011

  • Soldier feedback shaping next-generation blue force tracking, handhelds

    Dec 9, 2011

    The Army's next-generation friendly force tracking system that aims to transform communications for dismounted Soldiers is capitalizing on user feedback as it steps closer to deployment.

  • Army developing next-generation helicopter

    Dec 9, 2011

    The Pentagon and the U.S. Army are in the early stages of a far-reaching science and technology effort designed to engineer, build and deliver a next-generation helicopter with vastly improved avionics, electronics, range, speed, propulsion, survivability, operating density altitudes and payload capacity, service officials said.

  • Tobyhanna cuts costs for TRC-190 radio mission

    Dec 7, 2011

    Employee dedication to process improvement has cut costs for Tobyhanna Depot's AN/TRC-190 radio support mission, which saw its 1,000th system inducted for the repair program called Reset.

  • Engineering unique tastes at West Point

    Dec 6, 2011

    West Point chemical engineering cadets and members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Club work in the "West Point Chocolate Factory," exploring the science behind making the most amazing chocolate.

  • M119A2 Howitzer upgrade provides quicker firepower

    Dec 6, 2011

    Soldiers are one step closer to receiving a digitized M119A2 howitzer that will make it possible for them to start firing rounds and evade return fire quicker.

  • Army streamlining network management through NIEs

    Dec 6, 2011

    As it makes major upgrades to its tactical communications network, the Army is also revamping the way Soldiers can monitor and manage network performance in real time.

  • Army evaluates company command posts at NIE 12.1

    Dec 2, 2011

    Soldiers recently finished evaluation of three variants of the "Company Command Post Node" as part of Network Integration Evaluation 12.1.

  • MQ-9 'Reaper' finds training home at Fort Drum

    Dec 1, 2011

    The MQ-9 "Reaper" unmanned aerial system can be seen in the airspace above Fort Drum, N.Y., now that Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield has been established as a home base for training missions.

  • Picatinny provides Soldiers with quicker, safer mortar fire control system

    Dec 1, 2011

    The M150/M151 Mortar Fire Control System - Dismounted provides mortarmen with increased speed and effectiveness previously only available to the mounted mortar systems using fire control. It makes dismounted 120mm mortars easier to fire and keeps Soldiers safer.

  • Students challenge, question Watervliet Arsenal techniques, procedures

    Nov 30, 2011

    Students from Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Education Services visited Watervliet Arsenal this month to learn how the Army uses science and technology to help war fighters survive and win on the modern battlefield.

  • Corpus Christi Army Depot fulfills urgent Army need

    Nov 28, 2011

    Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas turned around ten UH-60 Black Hawk gearboxes in a record ten days to fulfill urgent Army need.

  • Depot completes its 48th Black Hawk

    Nov 28, 2011

    Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas, achieved an unprecedented milestone, completing a record 48th UH-60 Black Hawk recapitalization. The recap program is the Army's effort to reduce costs of replacing aging helicopters with new ones.

  • New satellite terminal training, fielding facility 'smart' move for Army

    Nov 28, 2011

    As the Army looks for innovative solutions to slim its financial waistline, a new facility for the advanced version of its protected satellite terminal has consolidated centralized production, training and fielding in one location in an effort to save millions of dollars.

  • Rifleman Radio completes key operational test at NIE

    Nov 28, 2011

    An advanced lightweight radio that will connect troops on the front lines to the Army's tactical communications network has completed its operational test.

  • Army successfully launches Advanced Hypersonic Weapon demonstrator

    Nov 23, 2011

    The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command successfully launched an Advanced Hypersonic Weapon demonstrator Nov. 17, 2011.

  • NASA Goldstone tracked asteroid approach

    Nov 23, 2011

    NASA's Goldstone Deep Space Network facility is playing a key role in tracking an asteroid that approached Earth last week.

  • Space researchers test equipment at Fort Irwin

    Nov 23, 2011

    Fort Irwin Soldiers got a chance to help test equipment last week that they may never have imagined they'd see when they joined the Army.

  • Anniston Army Depot resets 1,000th Stryker

    Nov 22, 2011

    Over a two-year span, Anniston Army Depot, Ala., and General Dynamics Land Systems have reset 1,000 Strykers.

  • HELLFIRE team sustaining fight, cutting costs

    Nov 21, 2011

    HELLFIRE missiles are the primary precision air-to-ground weapon used by joint and coalition services. Having a Forward Test and Repair Facility for them is saving the Army money.

  • Fort Meade launches web app for smart phones

    Nov 21, 2011

    The popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices has changed the way we communicate, and the Fort Meade, Md., Public Affairs Office is taking advantage of those changes.

  • Tripler Medical Simulation Center achieves SSH accreditation

    Nov 21, 2011

    The Tripler Army Medical Center Medical Simulation Center in Hawaii recently achieved the Society for Simulation in Healthcare accreditation.

  • Signal School trains using QR codes, latest technology

    Nov 20, 2011

    The signal school at Fort Gordon, Ga., is developing mobile training content which uses technology referred to as "Link Code" to train Soldiers.

  • PEO Ammunition team wins DOD's highest award

    Nov 18, 2011

    A Program Executive Office for Ammunition team at Picatinny Arsenal recently garnered a prestigious award for its acquisition efforts while providing Soldiers with a more reliable and better performing round.

  • Army concludes second Network Integration Evaluation

    Nov 18, 2011

    The Army has concluded its second Network Integration Evaluation, moving closer to deploying an integrated battlefield network after collecting valuable Soldier feedback on the latest tactical communications technologies.

  • Army tests Advanced Hypersonic Weapon over Pacific

    Nov 18, 2011

    The Army conducted its first test Thursday of a new weapon designed to fly several times the speed of sound.

  • Army tests new water, fuel bladders for airdrop

    Nov 17, 2011

    Army paratroopers completed two test drops Nov. 10, 2011, to certify a new water and fuel container system for airdrops in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

  • Vice chief visits Network Integration Evaluation

    Nov 17, 2011

    Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli met with Soldiers and key leaders of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Nov. 15, 2011, to get an update on the Network Integration Evaluation and first-hand feedback on some of the Army's newest communication technology.

  • Army seeks clean energy with new power station

    Nov 16, 2011

    Army, government and private industry leaders came together last week to celebrate the startup of a system at Fort Benning's landfill designed to capture methane and convert it to electricity.

  • Military researchers discuss finding more bang for buck

    Nov 15, 2011

    Military officials mingled with thousands of industry representatives Nov. 7-10, 2011, for MILCOM 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The annual event is touted by its organizers as the "premier international conference for military communications."

  • Commanding troops 'on the move' during NIE

    Nov 15, 2011

    The Army is evaluating the mission command-on-the-move capabilities that allow Soldiers to communicate vertically and laterally through voice and data in a tactical operational environment.

  • Soldiers test network, shape future of Army

    Nov 15, 2011

    The Army has committed 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, to evaluate new technologies and network capabilities that are shaping the Army's evolving tactical network.

  • Satellite terminals work in tandem with technology at NIE

    Nov 14, 2011

    Ground satellite terminals are being leveraged in the Army's most recent Network Integration Evaluation highlighting its objective to ensure that new technologies and network improvements work hand-in-hand with presently fielded systems.

  • New ammunition combines four artillery cartridges into one

    Nov 14, 2011

    The Program Executive Office for Ammunition has started testing a new artillery round that will provide Soldier's with superior performance as well as lighten the military logistics burden.

  • JIEDDO working to reverse trend for larger IEDs in Afghanistan

    Nov 10, 2011

    The amount of explosives used in improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan is increasing, while at the same time, the number of attacks are at "historic highs."

  • World War II vet still serving

    Nov 9, 2011

    A World War II veteran's memories may help the U.S. Army save millions of dollars while protecting people and the environment.

  • Howitzer program helps strengthen Afghan self defense

    Nov 7, 2011

    Picatinny Arsenal is helping the Afghan National Army develop their indirect fire capability to bolster self-defense.

  • Army step closer to enabling self-aware network

    Nov 7, 2011

    The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics center has developed cognitive wireless networking capabilities that employ network-wide learning and reasoning algorithms that share information that enable nodes to make decisions.

  • New light machine gun aims to 'SAW' Soldiers' load

    Nov 4, 2011

    A series of tests under battlefield conditions were conducted to see how a prototype light weight machine gun and its distinctive ammunition impact Soldier effectiveness in battle

  • Umatilla facility destroys last ton of mustard blister agent

    Nov 2, 2011

    Nearly 50 years of chemical agent storage came to an end Oct. 25, 2011, with the destruction of the last ton container of mustard blister agent in the Metal Parts Furnace at the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.

  • Army networking radios improve communications at tactical edge

    Nov 2, 2011

    Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical awarded a $66 million contract Sept. 30, 2011, for the procurement of eight Brigade Combat Teams worth of AN/PRC-117G radios.

  • Army rolls out first Apache Block III aircraft

    Nov 2, 2011

    The first Apache Block III helicopter was delivered to the Army today during a ceremony at the Boeing plant in Mesa, Ariz., in which the aircraft was rolled out on stage under bright lights.

  • NIE pushes major network upgrade closer to field

    Nov 1, 2011

    The Army's on-the-move, satellite-based communications network is getting its first field tryout with Soldiers this month as the service moves closer to deploying the capability next fall.

  • Multinational test supports coalition battle network integration

    Oct 31, 2011

    Coalition members have come together at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., this month to test the compatibility of their countries' network and communications systems.

  • Army kicks off second Network Integration Evaluation

    Oct 28, 2011

    The second Network Integration Evaluation begins Oct. 31, as nearly 3,800 Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, evaluate dozens of systems in realistic operational scenarios.

  • Army sees cyber threats as imminent

    Oct 28, 2011

    U.S. Army Cyber Command experts and other think tank specialists came together at Unified Quest 2012, Oct. 25-28, 2011, for a series of annual seminars where members of academia, and U.S. and foreign militaries examine critical issues to current and future force development.

  • Army testifies to Congress on acquisition, technology

    Oct 27, 2011

    By this time next year, the Army will have a good idea about alternatives for the ground combat vehicle program, Army leaders told Congressmen Wednesday. They said the GCV will be the first combat vehicle developed to operate in an improvised-explosive device and hybrid-threat environment.

  • CREW: helping defeat IEDs

    Oct 26, 2011

    Counter Radio Electronic Warfare systems are helping Soldiers in Afghanistan to defeat deadly improvised explosive devices by blocking radio signals that can be used by insurgents to detonate the devices remotely.

  • Army gears up for NIE 12.1

    Oct 26, 2011

    With less than two weeks to go until the second Network Integration Evaluation, NIE 12.1, the Army is immersed in round-the-clock integration and training activities, incorporating both successes and key lessons learned from NIE 11.2.

  • Manned Unmanned Systems Integration: Mission accomplished

    Oct 24, 2011

    Army Aviation's first ever "hybrid" aviation exercise, designed to prove out new technology concepts, surpassed any and all expectations. Now, the task is to make modifications and improvements needed to field the technologies to forward deployed Soldiers.

  • Picatinny Arsenal sweeps 6 of 10 Greatest Inventions

    Oct 20, 2011

    Picatinny teams swept six of the 10 Army Greatest Inventions during the 2010 Army Top Ten Greatest Inventions awards ceremony Oct. 11, 2011, in Washington, D.C., making this the installation's most bountiful AGI ceremony to date.

  • Pentagon fair spotlights energy-efficient technology exhibits

    Oct 20, 2011

    Propane and methanol fuel cells, solar-panel collectors and wind turbines are just a few examples of alternative-energy sources on display this week in the Pentagon courtyard.

  • REF striving to save energy, lives on battlefield

    Oct 19, 2011

    Meeting the energy needs of Soldiers at the "tactical edge" of the battlefield is a top priority for the Army's Rapid Equipping Force, said its director.

  • Assessing brain injury: Virtual reality may hold answer

    Oct 18, 2011

    Participants at a national workshop on the biological assessment of brain dysfunction held in spring 2011 discussed recent advancements in neurocognitive testing, including the use of virtual reality.

  • Demo Humvee burns 70 percent less fuel

    Oct 18, 2011

    The Army temporarily halted its testing of a unique fuel-efficient tactical vehicle so the "FED Alpha" could be shown to senior leaders and displayed in the nation's capital.

  • 'Ironman' a game-changer on battlefield

    Oct 14, 2011

    After a 2 1/2 hour firefight in Afghanistan Iowa National Guard Solders started wondering how they could carry loads of crew-served weapon ammunition over rough terrain like Jesse Ventura did in the movie "Predator."

  • Testing in progress - Soldiers help researchers develop, refine gear for warriors

    Oct 14, 2011

    Four times a year 30 Soldiers report to the Natick Soldier Systems Center to help researchers conduct medical studies and equipment testing to determine where to spend, or not spend, millions of taxpayer dollars.

  • The ultimate kitchen remodel

    Oct 13, 2011

    The Integrated Logistics Support Center at Natick Soldier Systems Center has saved the Army refurbished more than 1,300 Mobile Kitchen Trailers, more 100 Containerized Kitchens and about 100 Laundry Advanced Design Systems returning from Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004.

  • Army modernizing, networking its future force

    Oct 12, 2011

    The Army must provide Soldiers with the best equipment possible, while ensuring affordability and the ability to network everything together, top Army acquisition and equipping officials said.

  • LandWarNet implementing common operating environment

    Oct 12, 2011

    The Army is working to establish a common operating environment for the network, supported by network integration evaluations and capability set management, that will be fully integrated and will support the Soldier in real-time, officials in the "LandWarNet: Powering America's Army" forum explained Tuesday.

  • Missile Defense Agency opens doors to future

    Oct 12, 2011

    On display outside the new Von Braun III on Thursday were two pieces of hardware; a training model of the Ground Based Interceptor and a THAAD Launcher Model, which represent the advanced missile technology that the Missile Defense Agency is known for.

  • New app to spotlight Army exhibits, forums at AUSA

    Oct 11, 2011

    A new app for smartphones will allow Soldiers worldwide to visit Army exhibits and watch presentations taking place at the Washington Convention Center Oct. 10-12.

  • Army leaders cite acquisition improvements

    Oct 11, 2011

    The U.S. Army is making substantial progress with numerous ongoing efforts designed to improve the acquisition process, service leaders told reporters Oct. 10, 2011, at the 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

  • Army honors top inventions of 2010

    Oct 11, 2011

    U.S. Army officials honor the scientific contributions that led to superior equipment and technology in support of Soldiers.

  • XM25 feedback demonstrates lethality

    Oct 7, 2011

    Feedback from warfighters in Afghanistan testing the XM25 highlights the lethal effects of the counter-defilade weapon.